Different. We live in a world that doesn’t always treat those who are different with kindness.
I have a friend who has Cerebral palsy. She is very thin and walks using forearm crutches. And she is one of the kindest women that I know and adores children. One day we were in the grocery store and I happened to notice a young girl look at her and stick her tongue out. My friend didn’t see that, yet my heart broke. Not for her, but for the child who had that kind of a reaction.
by Chautona Havig
Series: Journey of Dreams #2
Published by CreateSpace
Publication Date October 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Introspection–this place invites it. I’ve never allowed myself the time to pause and get to know myself. My father taught me it was weak. Focus on the prize–eyes off yourself. The goal matters. You are just the instrument to get you there.
Here… Is this what that goal was and I never knew it? The peaks above, the trees that stand tall beside me as if my own personal bodyguards.
I am alive–maybe for the first time in my life–and I think it’s because I’m dead.
A Journey of Dreams
Welcome to a new world: the world of Highlands.
When Tony Frazier arrives in Highlands, he must come to grips with a world that embraces birth defects as beautiful and to be celebrated–even those easily corrected. Balancing the beauty of utter acceptance and the wisdom of when to alter the “workmanship of God” creates tension between Tony and the Highlanders.
The Journey of Dreams series explores themes in the Christian life from a different perspective–from a world that can’t exist anywhere but in the dreams of the people who live there.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
While I haven’t met even one of her books that I haven’t liked (a lot), the books of Chautona Havig’s Journey of Dreams series are far above and beyond the rest.
I read both of these books when they first came out, and preferred the first book, Prairie (I just might have read it two times in a row). Having now re-read Highlands and experienced the gamut of emotions it elicited in me, I am dying to re-read Prairie because I can’t imagine how it could be better than this one!
It is difficult to pick a genre for this book. Perhaps Speculative Fiction fits it best. It isn’t a typical Fantasy book, and yet it deals with the fantastical. It is a “What if you woke up in a foreign world that seems so similar to the one you know, and yet isn’t?” situation.
Told from Tony’s perspective, Highlands walks the reader through the first year of his life in this new world. Being in a place where his dad is not around to dictate every moment of his life causes Tony to mature and to see who he really is. He struggles to shake off the negativity and feelings of worthlessness from his upbringing. And yet, part of his growth was seeing the role that he played in his father’s perception of him.
The spiritual lessons in this story are poignant. The people of Highlands have a deep relationship with the Lord and a unique way of looking at things. I love the way the author used color-blindness to reflect a person’s lack of contentment. After all, doesn’t discontent cause life to lose its color?
Be warned that this book is not just a Journey of Dreams, but an emotional roller coaster that will have you smiling and oohing and then wiping tears away. It is a book that should be read slowly so you can savor it and not miss a word.
Preview of Highlands
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Mary Hake, May 27
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Texas Book-aholic, May 29
Among the Reads, May 30
Moments Dipped in Ink, May 31
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1
Janices book reviews, June 2
Carpe Diem, June 3
A Baker’s Perspective, June 4
Bigreadersite , June 4
Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 5
Simple Harvest Reads, June 5 (Spotlight)
Artistic Nobody, June 6 (Spotlight)
Quiet Quilter, June 7
Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 8
To celebrate her tour, Chautona has put together a fun giveaway!
Grand Prize: I picture cool mornings in the mountains of Highlands. So, I’ve put together an early morning reading package for our grand prize winner. Even if it’s July, just crank up the AC, grab a lightweight throw (a scarf would even work!), brew up a cup of this delicious tea, and see what happened to Jessa (Prairie) and Tony (Highlands) when they woke up having received the desires of their hearts directly from the Lord in these contemporary fantasy novels. Happy reading!
Over a $50 value including:
- Fearfully & Wonderfully Made Mug from Etsy
- Tin of Tea
- Paperbacks of the first 2 books in the Journey of Dreams Series!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cebc/highlands-celebration-tour-giveaway
Ends June 8, 2018